NKBA Wisconsin/Upper Michigan Chapter

NKBA Wisconsin/Upper Michigan is the local chapter that brings together local Wisconsin/Upper Michigan Kitchen & Bath distributors, retailers, remodelers, manufacturers, fabricators, installers, designers, and other professionals – and provides a resource for local consumers to research, educate and connect with Wisconsin/Upper Michigan Kitchen and Bath professionals.

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2018 Chapter Officers


Denise Merbeth, AKBD
Denise Merbeth, LLC
N32 W23175 Stonewall Court
Pewaukee, WI 53072
(262) 424-3194

Programs Chair

Robert J. (BJ) Welling
Welling Kitchen & Bath
3701 Patch St.
Stevens Point, WI 54481
(715) 344-2688

Communications Chair

Cathy Driftmier
Driftmier Design, LLC
7910 Dairy Ridge Rd
Verona, WI 53593
(608) 338-5645

Membership Chair

Daniel J Dietz, CKD
Dietz’ Kitchen Gallery
26 East Main Street
Reedsburg, WI 53959
(608) 524-4899


Janean Spears-Dimmig
Time 2 Remodel, LLC
1218 Gilson St
Madison, WI 53715
(608) 212-6600

Wisconsin/Upper Michigan Chapter Events

July 19 Chapter Meeting

Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Terrazzo & Marble Supply
N59 W14339 Bobolink Ave
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin 53051

Thank You to our Meeting Sponsor–Terrazzo & Marble Supply Co.

We have a great evening planned for you courtesy of our sponsor, Terrazzo & Marble Supply. Tour their new facility and see the beautiful stone slabs in their indoor warehouse. Learn about a new marble sealant on the market and enjoy learning about the latest trends in “What’s New…What’s Next” presented by Dawn DeLuca, AKBD, CLIPP, CAPS (0.1 CEU

“Whats New….What’s Next” (0.1 CEU)

• Current trends and insights from the NKBA Annual Trends Report
• Technology and its integration into the kitchen and bath
• Shiny, matte, textured, neutral, colorful, natural, man-made, recycled? Surfaces, of course.
• Trending product introductions (non brand-specific)

Dawn is an award winning designer with over 25 years of industry experience as Principal of Interior Transitions, a design studio based in NYC and north-western CT. Also, as a Founding Partner of Camille Rossy, Inc, in NYC. Her projects span the eastern seaboard of the US and Europe. As a certified designer and professional speaker, Dawn has spoken to various organizations about many industry topics all across the US.

An award winning member of the NKBA, Dawn has served as a volunteer leader on the local, regional and national levels, since 2005. She served as American North East Regional Director, as a Member of the National Board of Directors and the National Generative Council. She is currently the Programs Chair for the NKBA Manhattan Chapter. Dawn also serves as an Ambassador for the Living In Place Institute and as a Design Advisor for The Universal Design Project.

This event qualifies for 0.1 CEU.

May 17 Chapter Meeting and Student Design Competition Awards

Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

East Side Club
3735 Monona Dr
Madison, Wisconsin 53714

May 17, 2018 Chapter Meeting and Student Design Competition Awards!
Registration Closes May 10 $10 Additional Late Fee after May 6

The evening begins with registration and networking. Each attendee will receive 2 drink tickets for soda beer, and wine. Cash bar also available.

Please join us for a meeting full of information and recognition of our Student Design Contest award winners! Kelsey Holtz, a 2018 NKBA Thirty Under 30 honoree, will talk about her experience on the winning “Product of the Future” design team. We will also enjoy a timely CEU presentation by Scott Koehler, CKD on “Smart Kitchen Design–Incorporating Smart Technologies Into Kitchen Planning”. Plus, we will recognize the winners of the 2018 Student Design Competition Awards! You won’t want to miss this meeting!

Kelsey Holtz was recognized as a 2018 NKBA Thirty Under 30 honoree. These individuals were chosen by the NKBA as outstanding young professionals representing the future of the kitchen & bath industry. Prior to this year’s KBIS, the group of 30 was divided into 6 teams and asked to create a “Product of the Future” for a Shark Tank like presentation on the KBIS expo floor. Learn more about Kelsey and her team’s winning product at our May 17th chapter meeting.

CEU (0.1) Presentation by Scott Koehler on “Smart Kitchen Design

Everyone’s talking about smart kitchens and smart kitchen designs. This course addresses assigning values to smart kitchen products, using voice technology in the kitchen and incorporating smart gadgets, tools and systems into a kitchen design build project.

With 25 years of experience, Scott has designed and produced over 400 custom kitchens and supervised the design and production of 1,500 additional projects. In 2013, he relaunched his design career and applied his consultation and technology to his business.He has presented at KBIS in 2016, 2017 and 2018 via the Voices From The Industry Program (VFTI) with topics on mobile Apps, Cloud Computing and Smart Kitchen Design

This event qualifies for 0.1 CEU.

March 13 Chapter Event

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Waters
1393 Washington Ave
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Join us on the beautiful shores of Lake Winnebago and learn how to communicate with your clients and sell the job with 3D presentations. See how using different rendering techniques such as watercolor, technical illustration and photo realistic ray tracing can provide your clients with feedback that can focus on design concepts or the final look and feel of the completed project. Change designs, materials and colors on the fly in front of your clients and create a satisfying customer experience. This 0.1 CEU presentation will be given by Scott Harris, Vice President of Chief Architect Software. You won’t want to miss this one!

5:00-6:00pm: Registration and netowrking with heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks provided

6:00-6:15pm: NKBA updates, introductions

6:15-7:30pm: ” Learn Better Communication With Clients and Sell the Job With
3D Presentations” by Scott Harris, CKBD, Vice President of
Chief Architect Software (0.1 CEU)

Scott has an MBA with a background in software development and guides product marketing for the Chief Architect professional, DIY, and mobile software products. As a hobby, he is an avid designer of custom homes and interior space.

This event qualifies for 0.1 CEU.

Jan 24 2018 Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Glass Nickel Pizza
2916 Atwood Ave
Madison, WI 53704

Join us for a town-hall-style meeting with Robert Foltz, CKD, “The Kitchen Sales Coach.” Robert will be answering your questions about running your business, qualifying your clients, charging fees, target marketing, and other kitchen & bath business related topics. As a business and sales trainer with over 30 years in the kitchen & bath industry, he specializes in creating strategies that maximize the dealer & designer’s profits, customer experiences, & referrals. Take home tips to help improve your business in 2018!

5:00 – 5:45pm – Registration and networking
5:45 pm – Pizza buffet served
6:00 – 6:15pm NKBA Updates, introducitons, KBIS takeaways
6:15 – 7:30pm – Town Hall Style Meeting, Robert Foltz, CKD, The Kitchen Sales Coach

$30 NKBA Members, $40 Non-Members

$15 NKBA Student Members, $20 Non-Member Students

Register online and submit your question for Robert to answer anonymously at the meeting. Also, for those who attended KBIS, be prepared to tell share your favorite take-away from the show!

Thank you to our Silver meeting sponsor: Greenfield Cabinetry

This event qualifies for 0.1 CEU.

Dec 7 Holiday Mixer and Toy Drive

FREE to NKBA Members!

Holiday Mixer and Toy Drive

Thursday, December 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Gerhard’s Kitchen & Bath
2566 Sun Valley Dr
Delafield, Wisconsin 53018

Dec 7 Holiday Event and Toy Drive–Free to NKBA Members!

Thursday, Dec 7 6pm-8pm

Gerhard’s Kitchen & Bath

Visit their new showroom in Delafield, WI!

Free to NKBA Members!

Social Event and Toy Drive for Make-A-Wish Wisconsin

Please bring one or more new, unwrapped toys and let’s fill the donation barrels!

Please join us for a fun, social holiday mixer at the new Gerhard’s Kitchen & Bath showroom! We’d like to say thank you to all our active NKBA Chapter members for making 2017 a great year! We’ll also be collecting new, unwrapped gifts for Make-A-Wish Wisconsin.

This event is free to our members thanks to our generous sponsors: Gerhard’s, Kohler, and Cambria!